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Minn. Teacher Tenure Lawsuit Revived


January 18, 2017

The Minnesota parents behind a lawsuit against that state's teacher tenure laws have announced they will appeal an October trial court decision to throw out their case, reports the Star Tribune.

As in the high profile Vergara case in California—in which the California Supreme Court ultimately ruled against parents seeking to upend teacher tenure protections—the plaintiffs in the Minnesota case are arguing that the state's tenure apparatus, particularly requirements that teachers are laid off based on seniority, makes it next to impossible for administrators to get rid of bad teachers.

But Denise Specht, the president of the state teachers' union, said tenure laws aren't just for the benefit of teachers but also students and parents as they allow educators to speak up when schools wrong children.


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